National Accreditation System
The accreditation system administered by the Polish Centre for Accreditation is accessible to all bodies and laboratories, operating in the field of conformity assessment system, irrespective of their size, legal status, geographical location, range of activity and participation in any organization or group of organizations.
The general rules and policies applied by Polish Centre for Accreditation (PCA) when conducting assessments or performing surveillance activities are presented in DA-01 document Description of accreditation system and in the other related documents.
PCA general rule is to conduct accreditation activity only on the territory of Poland. With reference to laboratories and QMS certification bodies, operating abroad, PCA applies rules presented in DA-07 document.
Accreditation in the national accreditation system is non-discriminatory in all respects and is voluntary.
PCA operates in accordance with requirements specified in the Act of Parliament on conformity assessment system, Regulation (EC) No 765/2008, PN-EN ISO/IEC 17011:2006 standard Conformity assessment- General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies, as well as requirements resulting from the signed multilateral agreements, such as: EA MLA, ILAC MRA, IAF MLA. In the field of accreditation of EMAS verifiers, PCA operates according to requirements set up in Regulation No 1221/2009 and requirements of Forum of Accreditation and Licensing Bodies (FALB).
PCA currently conducts accreditation and surveillance processes over:
- testing laboratories DAB-07
- calibration laboratories DAP-04
- medical laboratories DAM-01
- inspection bodies DAK-07
- product certification bodies DACW-01
- management systems certification bodies DACS-01
- persons certification bodies DACP-01
- EMAS verifiers DAVE-01
- GHG verifiers DAVG-01
- profficiency testing organizers DAPT-01
Having in mind responsibility for the level of accreditation and taking care of providing credibility, PCA tries to respond to Clients' demand offering accreditation conducted in a competent manner and in conformity with internationally recognized standards.
PCA Policy in relation to accreditation of sector scheme conformity assessments is presented in DA-09 document (see: List of PCA accredited sector schemes).